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Due, Tananarive

(1966-    ) US teacher, journalist and author, married to Steven Barnes from 1998; most of her work, like her highly regarded first novel The Between (1995), is fantasy. This may be in part an anti-hegemonic response to the historical dominance of male writers like H P Lovecraft in the creative imagining of the Matter of America in a way that masculinizes Fantastika; it may also reflect a Black American writer's rendering of the experience of being Black in Florida – ...

Grattan-Smith, T E

(1871-1946) Australian ventriloquist, journalist and author of children's fiction (see Children's SF) born Thomas Edward Grattan Smith, using Grattan-Smith for his publishing activities. His Lost World novel, The Cave of a Thousand Columns (1938) exposes two young adventurers to Monsters and a non-human species known as the Birdmen in vast Underground caverns beneath Australia. [JC]

Rubinstein, Paul

(1935-    ) Polish-born author, in US from before World War Two, son of the pianist Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982); author mostly of cookbooks, though The Petrodollar Takeover (1975) with Peter Tanous is of sf interest as a Near Future tale in which Saudi Arabia attempts to stabilize its precarious relationship with Iran by buying stock in General Motors. [JC]

Dynamic Science Stories

US Pulp magazine, a short-lived companion to Marvel Science Stories. 2 issues, February 1939 and April/May 1939, published by Western Fiction Publishing Corporation; edited by Robert O Erisman (1908-1995). The first issue featured the novel Lord of Tranerica (February 1939; 1966) by Stanton A Coblentz; the second issue included stories by L Sprague de Camp and Manly Wade Wellman. Dynamic Science Stories was an average pulp magazine with no distinctive qualities. [MJE/MA] links / ...

Murakami Ryū

Writing name of Ryūnosuke Murakami (1952-    ), a Japanese author whose work frequently employs Equipoisal or Surrealist modes and themes (see Mainstream Writers of SF). Murakami first came to public attention with his scabrous, decadent Kagirinaku Tōmei ni Chikai Blue (1976; trans Nancy Andrew as Almost Transparent Blue 1977), seemingly inspired by his reckless, youthful days near the alien temptations of a US naval base. American pop culture and hegemony often ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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